Jonathan Pollard, the most damaging spy ever to infiltrate the US’s intelligence services on behalf of Israel, inflicted so much damage that he is still a major security threat 30 years after his arrest, an official document has said.
Responding to a court application to lift some of Pollard’s parole restrictions, the office of the Director of National Intelligence said that the Jew spy has “access to human intelligence that could still prove harmful.”
Jennifer Hudson, the director of information management for the office of the Director of National Intelligence, said in a June 17 submission that Pollard can still damage America by “revealing methods and identifying characteristics of US assets.”
For this reason, the US intelligence community favors “continued restrictions” on Pollard, arguing that the one-time spy for Israel could still damage US interests by revealing methods and identifying characteristics of US assets.
Intelligence community “sources and methods must be protected from disclosure in every situation where a certain intelligence interest, capability, or technique, if disclosed, would allow our adversaries to take countermeasures to nullify effectiveness,” said Hudson.
Pollard, a former analyst for the US Navy, was released on parole from his life sentence last November.
His lawyers have argued that because he was jailed 30 years ago, he would no longer possess relevant intelligence.
However, Hudson said Pollard had access to human intelligence that could still prove harmful should it be disclosed.
“Even though the human resources are not identified by name, both descriptive details about the sources and the very nature of the information provided by the source could tend to reveal the identity since only a limited number of individuals may have had access to that particular information,” she said.
Her filing suggested that assets in place 30 years ago could still face repercussions.
“Revelation of the source’s secret relationship with the US government could cause significant harm to the source, his or her family and his or her associates,” she wrote. “Even in cases where the source is no longer alive, such disclosure can place in jeopardy the lives of individuals with whom the source has had contact.”
The conditions for Pollard’s five-year parole include wearing an electronic ankle bracelet with GPS tracking and surveillance of his and any employer’s computers.
He also is confined to his New York home between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Pollard also is not permitted to join his wife, Esther, who he married while he was in prison, in Israel. He is restricted in his computer and internet use.